(310) 979-3434
Dr. Rashel, Integrative Medicine

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

Address :

11633 San Vincente Blvd.
Suite #107
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tel : (310) 979-3434
Fax : (310) 907-5193
     
email : info@drrashel.com

For Men

Men can benefit from bio-identical hormones when their hormone levels decline.  In Men this is called Andropause which is the male menopause.  Andropause is a gradual decline of hormones in men namely the drop in testosterone levels.  Andropause begins in men in their late twenties.  When men get into their early 30’s they begin losing testosterone at a rate of about two percent per year.  Testosterone levels in 70 year old men are only 10 percent of the level of 25 year old men.  Most men begin to experience some of the symptoms of andropause around age 40 to 50 although some men may experience symptoms earlier.  The time of onset of male menopausal symptoms or andropause is associated with fitness routine, nutrition quality, environmental toxins and stress level.

Testosterone has many crucial functions in men and women.  Loss of testosterone in males leads to atherosclerosis and heart attacks, obesity, fatigue, depression, and anxiety.  Most people associate testosterone with sex drive, interestingly most of the above symptoms come on long before a man loses his sex drive or experiences impotence.  There has been some research in the area of healthy testosterone levels being protective against prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. There is no evidence that testosterone therapy in males causes prostate enlargement or prostate cancer.

Some of the symptoms of andropause are weight gain, muscle loss, change in body composition (muscle to fat ratio), decrease in energy compared to your 20's and 30's, fatigue, diminished libido, depression, gynecomastia (male breasts), and memory loss to name a few.

Unfortunately andopause is a very under diagnosed and under treated condition in men.  The condition has been in the medical literature since the 1940’s but because the symptoms appear so gradually and vary from man to man little was done about it.

Some doctor’s may have some familiarity with testosterone therapy but amongst those few have specialty training in the area.  When treating andropause it is important to be familiar with all factors that can influence therapy such as levels of other blood proteins such as SHBG and other hormones such as estradiol in men.  SHBG or Sex Hormone Binding Globulin is an androgen binding hormone that increases in men while testosterone is declining.  SHBG’s binding of testosterone inhibits a portion of the available testosterone from working.  For this reasons monitoring levels can aid in appropriate therapy. Estradiol levels can rise in men with age and since testosterone is partially converted to estradiol it’s important to monitor levels since elevated estrogen levels in men are related to heart disease.  It is very important to work with a physician who has specialty training in the area of bio-identical hormones and anti-aging medicine so that you can get the utmost benefit from your therapy.

At our clinic Dr. Rashel is board certified in Anti-Aging Medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and uses blood and when necessary 24 hour hour urine testing to assess hormonal status in our patients. When abnormal levels are found they are corrected with nutritional supplements, bio-identical hormones, and at times detoxification in individualized treatment plans.

Aging is inevitable, but many of the side effects of aging are treatable.  Our goal is for you to live with vitality, no matter how old you are.

Contact our office to schedule your appointment today and learn more about andropause and how our treatment programs can provide relief from the above symptoms.

To learn more about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in men and andropause contact us at (310)979-3434 or fill out our New Patient Form.